Child, Youth and Teen Programs

Child, Youth and Teen Programs

Strathcona County offers a wide variety of Child, Youth and Teen programs throughout the year. Choose from fitness, mind and body, sports, family programs, workshops, special interest, seasonal camps and School’s Out Day Camps. Check out our Recreation Guide for a full listing of programs.

The programs offered follow the Canadian Sport for Life Long Term Athlete Development Model. The activities taught in our programs align with the developmental abilities of our participants based on their age. This promotes the physical and social wellbeing of each participant.

Active Start
0-6 years
  • Unstructured, active play that incorporates a variety of body movements and focuses on fun rather than formal competition
  • ABC’S of movement development: Agility, Balance, Co-ordination and Speed
  • Begin developing Fundamental Movement Skills
6 – 9 years
  • Variety of activities that develop Fundamental Movement/Sport Skills through play
  • Activities and programs remain focused on fun and formal competition and minimally introduced
  • Continue practicing the ABC’S of movement development: Agility, Balance, Co-ordination and Speed
Learning to Train
9 – 12 years
  • Begin introducing formalized training methods (i.e.: drills)
  • Emphasis still on general sport skills suitable to a number of activities
  • Greater amount of time spent on training/practicing skills rather than competing
  • Emphasis on applying basic skills to game-like situations
Training to Train
12 – 15 years
  • Fitness component is increased during this stage
  • Greater emphasis on sport specific skills
  • Majority of time is still spent improving and practicing skills as opposed to competition
Training to Compete
15 years+
  • Skills practiced are entirely sport specific
  • Competition is the primary focus
  • Recovery and injury prevention are discussed.

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Last updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2018
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